Because pedicures in London just keep getting better, more inventive and increasingly luxurious. New York may be the mani-pedi capital of the world, but when the sun shines in the British capital, Londoners fast-foot it for pedicures.
For this sandal season we’ve picked our favourite pedicure spots. So whether you’re after an express lick of paint or a long, luxurious soak and file, we’ve found the addresses to add to your little black book of beauty.
The Deep Pedicure: Dry By, £125
The mother of all pedicures, this 90-minute service is for feet that have hardly seen the light of day. As all good pedicures do, the session starts off with the daunting moment of colour choosing – Dry By use premium polishes by Smith & Cult, Lilah B, Nail Berry and CND Vinylux so if you’re in the market for longevity or a niche shade, your wishes shall be granted. Then, in the plush, pink surroundings of the nail studio downstairs, the tough-loving medical pedicurist Reka inspects your feet to work out just how much elbow grease she’ll need, before soaking and filing the feet with a scalpel to remove dead skin. Some treating, filing, clipping, cuticle-cutting, massaging, painting, moisturising later and Reka will leave you with feet as pink and soft as a newborn babe.
The Nail-art Pedicure: Cheeky Nails Holborn, £38 (with nail art for £1.50 per nail)
With Cheeky Nails, the clue is in the name at this fun and vibrant central-London salon who offer some of the best nail art in the biz. Little sister of the Cowshed spas, Cheeky have their own line of polishes. We plumped for the bright fuschia Hawaiian Hibiscus and settled into one of the comfy pedi stations – it’s wide enough to slot your handbag down beside you, too. You’ll be soaked, filed and scrubbed using a Mr Pumice bar and Cheeky exfoliating scrub, and then treated to a luxurious massage before the painting can commence. For the nail-art nervous we suggest minimal accents – striped or dots – in metallics and brights, and for those who are more artfully adventurous the Cheeky team can camouflage, florify and illustrate to your heart’s content.
The Natural Pedicure: Kure Bazaar at the Well at Clerkenwell, £40
We need very little persuading to step inside the Clerkenwell, a concept store that opened in Farringdon last August. With its British-made crafts, fashion, stationery and homewares, it is an oasis of calm especially in the midst of a heatwave. The Well, the store’s very own spa, is a veritable oasis – decorated in toothpaste hues of turquoise, teal and white, with custom-designed wallpaper and upholstery by Charlotte Frances. The Kure Bazaar pedicure comprises of a soak, file and shape, scrub, massage and paint as well as a signature foot mask, which involves wearing little booties filled with avocado and aloe vera cream. The colour range is exceptional and remarkably for a nail varnish, the Kure Bazaar polishes use 85% natural ingredients, are non-toxic and free from toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate. Eva, our therapist, was thorough, efficient and a particularly good masseuse. (Puts on Arnie voice.) We’ll be back.